DIY Garden MarkersPosted by TheCraftyCollab on Aug 1, 2013 in DIY, Gardening, Organization | 1 comment
Looking for some special trimmings for your terrace? Wit & Whistle‘s darling DIY Garden Markers are the perfect way to add some spice to your sunny space!
Always looking to add those special touches to our homes, as well as find ideas for great gifts, we couldn’t wait to give this project a try!
Please click here to visit Wit & Whistle and see the instructions that we followed!
Reviewer #1 – Alicia
Mission: I didn’t really need markers for my herbs but thought these little ditties were so cute.
- I found oven bake polymer clay at Wally-World.
- I already had rubber alphabet stamps at home.
Working with this clay is incredibly easy and soft. It felt like play-dough. Easy to shape, roll and stamp.
The directions said to bake your clay at 275 degrees at 15 minutes per ¼” of thickness and do not OVERBAKE. I totally freaked out over this stage and took mine out too soon, as I have zero patience! I should have baked them a little longer, as my makers were not as stiff as would have liked. Oh well-lesson learned.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Be sure to follow the baking instructions. I took mine out too soon.
Also, measure each maker so they are the same in length and width.
I can now tell my herbs apart with these beautiful markers-although it is not hard to tell the difference between each – LOL
None. Letter stamps can be expensive. Good thing I already had some!
What an inexpensive and quick project. I loved how they turned out and it took my less than an hour to create-including baking times.
The shapes of my markers were not exactly uniform and my stamps were a little hard to read (OCD much), I am okay with that. Cilantro and Basil, here we come…….
Reviewer #2 – Janet
Mission: Make herb markers as a gift.
I loved this craft as soon as I saw it on Pinterest!
I couldn’t make this for myself as I am not growing any herbs, but decided to make it as a gift for my fiance’s mom.
- I bought Sculpey brand polymer clay in a pearl color on sale for $1.14
- I got some darling alphabet stamps on sale at JoAnn for $5.99.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
The clay is very forgiving. If you mess up, just roll it back into a ball and start again!
The stamps I bought were circular, making it difficult to get my letters straight. Before you press the stamp, press it very lightly on the clay to make a slight indent to get your letter straight and spaced how you want it.
Make the clay balls in any size you want, depending on how skinny or fat you want the marker to be.
The clay package didn’t give me much insight on how long to bake these for. I don’t think I baked them long enough as they were still a little flexible after they cooled. I’d suggest baking for a little bit longer than you think to make sure they are done.
Easy and cheap! You couldn’t buy something unique like this in the store for less than $10.
The clay package just didn’t give enough direction on how long to bake.
I really liked this project, but think I am going to have to make it again to get it right. I bought a different brand of clay to try for next time. My markers turned out a little fatter than what was shown on the blog and I want to make them skinnier next time.
Also, since I don’t have herb plants so I might put other words on the markers and use as decoration in my potted plants. Overall, the project was easy, quick and cheap!
A great DIY project for all skill levels!
Reviewer #3 – Maren
Mission: I cannot get herbs planted soon enough! We just got the final grade in at our new house, so I am chomping at the bit to get gardening! This project was the perfect way to distract me long enough to get through the sod-laying process!
I am still learning about plants and gardening so having markers will probably be great for me. I can’t even remember how old I am most of the time!
- I used White Sculpey Original Polymer Clay
- I had some tiny letter stamps on hand that I snagged from the cheapy bin at Michaels!
- After my markers were done, I felt like they needed a little something… so I painted them with some Folk Art aqua acrylic paint, (“Calypso Sky”) that I diluted into a glaze with some outdoor use approved Martha Stewart Gloss Finish! Perfecto! I love how the color settled into the grooves of the lettering. Yay!
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Knead that dough like crazy! My clay was hard as a rock when I got it, so I needed to knead the living daylights out of it before I could even attempt to roll into little balls. Once I did though, it was like buttah! Super easy to work with and really smooth.
My OCD couldn’t handle the rounded edge of each marker, so I used my butcher knife to whack off the edges into a clean line. Worked like a charm.
I also used my rolling-pin to gently taper the edges of the markers so that they come to more of a point.
I am not sure that I really baked them long enough… and I did bake them quite a bit longer than the package recommended. Mine are definitely set, they aren’t going anywhere, but you can sort of bend them a little. Normal? No clue.
Amanda from Wit & Whistle was right! These markers are really cute, and super easy to make.
I loved the end result so much that I quickly cranked out 2 more sets to give as gifts! Tah Dah!
As much as I really enjoyed this project, I think that to do it again, I would need to use a different kind of clay.
While really easy to work with and lovely in the end, the polymer clay left my oven smelling like some kind of chemical drug baking operation that I have been smelling ever since I baked these things. It makes me fear that if we eat any more frozen pizza this summer, that I could wake up one day with an extra eyeball on my head.
This project was so easy, I loved it. I don’t know what it is about working with clay, but it really is fun! I love the idea of pairing a set of these with a cute potted herb plant for a housewarming gift to give a friend a start on their own garden.
I can think of quite a few ways to personalize these too, whether it be with color, font, embellishments or even using sassy words or phrases – like “No Gnomes Allowed!” Haaha!
This is a fun one, and I will certainly give it another shot. Maybe in Alicia’s oven… Haaha! Kidding!